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Supernatural Saratoga

History Ghost Walks expose city's ghostly side

Mason Winfield leads History Ghost Walks through Saratoga Springs in August, September and October.

Mason Winfield leads History Ghost Walks through Saratoga Springs in August, September and October. Submitted photo

— There’s a classic spook from the 1700s named Angeline Tubbs who was the “witch of Saratoga” and the original owners of Hattie’s Restaurant and Caffe Lena have been known to frequent Phila Street.

“Not only is her spirit associated with the site, but Lena, toward the end of her life, was reportedly accompanied by some kind of spiritual presence that looked out for her and the restaurant,” said Winfield. “Hattie was a very colorful woman; the stories about her and her husband are really interesting. The moment she died the restaurant acted up but it seems she may have had some kind of magic.”

The ghosts that frequent Saratoga are special, said Winfield.

“Saratoga has some terrific women ghosts. Most places have a little girl ghost, that’s more common, but it has women ghosts who are very strong,” said Winfield.

Winfield got most of his material from a “great ghost file” in the Saratoga Springs Public Library, as well as through interviews around town. He compiled his findings into a book released in 2009, “Supernatural Saratoga,” but is quick to insist it was his friend David Pitkin who paved the way for Saratoga ghost stories.

“David Pitkin is a good friend of mine and put together the first account of spirituality in Saratoga,” said Winfield.

He knows the ins and outs of Saratoga’s ghostly past but Winfield said he’s just preserving haunted history.

“I’m not an investigator, I’m a culture preserver. I try to help raise awareness about these things,” said Winfield.

History Ghost Walks of Saratoga Springs cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 7 to 11. All tours leave Saratoga Arts at 320 Broadway at 7 p.m. For more information call Saratoga Arts at 584-4132 or visit www.masonwinfield.com.

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